Headhunters back in the game as Mideast recruitment picks up

According to a report in today’s National, the Dubai recruitment scene is hotting up. The headhunters are back. After a couple of post-crisis years when pickings were lean in the executive recruitment business, especially in the Middle East, the hiring and firing cycle has picked up again.

Michael Morcos, the managing partner in one of the biggest headhunting firms, Heidrick & Struggles, with responsibility for the region, says “industries in the region are actively hiring and big money can be made in sectors such as energy and engineering.”

Different skills required though

Before the 2008 financial crisis, Michael Morcos explains, “executive searches for senior positions with Middle East firms tended to go global, looking for the best in the world.  Now firms want people who, above all, have experience in the region.”


About the author

Kazim Ladimeji is the Director of thecareercafe.co.uk—a resource for start-ups, small business and job seekers. It includes a blog with career and small business advice articles. Kazim is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and has been a practising HR professional for 14 years.

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